As all the action of Clash of the Choirs episode five unfolded, the competition truly got going as, with their seven Super Choirs assembled, our Choir Masters faced not only their first rehearsals, but a sudden and dramatic twist from Musical Director RJ Benjamin.
Gathered at the spectacular Soweto Theatre, the competitors quickly found their workload getting serious as the very first performance theme was announced.
RJ Benjamin revealed that Theme One will be “Choir Masters’ Hits”.
Suddenly, the pressure was on! While Winnie set about ensuring her choir felt the right “vibe”, Choir Masters like Zwai went straight for the kill, tackling the arrangements and arming each choir member with sheet music (whether they could read it or not!)
RJ found himself wearing many hats in this show, as he stepped away from his post as Musical Director to play “substitute teacher”. Hotstix’s work commitments saw him being called away from his choir on more than one occasion – this is something to watch, as we think Team North West might just find themselves feeling neglected if this continues.
The good times in Winnie’s choir became a little too extreme, as one singer in particular found that her fun-seeking could cause her elimination. Winnie made her anger known, and it was a sudden changed in atmosphere for Team Western Cape. “We are here to work, she said, “That’s the only relationship that we have… I’m not your friend, you must know your place.”
And then, as if the stakes weren’t high enough, RJ delivered a curveball.
In the first of the competition’s non-elimination battles, Choir Masters made a blind selection from a lucky draw to choose songs themed around South African female divas. They were then given one hour to create a one minute performance, presenting their choirs to the competition for the very first time.
Bearing nothing but their game faces, the Choir Masters led their groups into the competition arena, and the battle was on.
Twitter was abuzz with talk about Clash – here’s some of what was said:
@Smoodza: Yoh watch Zwai kill em’ with experience #COTCSA
@zethuluthando: Wooow! @khayamthethwa’s choir is something else,they’ve got amazing voices mmmhh #COTCSA #teamkhaya all the way!
@HeadlinerDivaT: #TeamZakes is on fire guys; the execution of that song is commendable! #COTCSA
@Zintel: Khaya, Zwai and Zakes are tops! #cotcsa
It seems that, as far as Twitter is concerned, #TeamKhaya (KZN), #TeamZwai (Mpumalanaga) and #TeamZakes (Gauteng) are the early favourites.
Judge Rebecca Malope weighed in:
@Rebecca_Malope1: @ClashofChoirsSA So excited to be a part of this show. It’s going to be hard judging the choirs. Such talent! Wow!
@MaJwara: This is Africa, this is South Africa.@ClashofChoirsSA great job for representing. I love being South African.
@matemak: @ClashofChoirsSA you guys are killing us really! Tjeeer! Wishing it was next week already!
And that’s that, for another week! Be sure to catch Clash of the Choirs Episode 6, on Sunday, 3 February at 17:30, exclusive to Mzansi Magic.